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to business to break the impasse. abc's senior political correspondent, jon karl, has been on this story every step of the way. and he leads us off, once again, tonight. jon, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, dan. well, the house and the senate have spent the last 24 hours on a series of showboats on bills that have no chance of passing. but republican leaders say they're fully engaged with the white house. and have spoken with the president this afternoon to try to find a way to break the impasse. finally, signs of progress.. >> i'm confident and optimistic that we're going to get an agreement in the very near future and resolve this crisis. >> in spite of our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people, who want this crisis to end as quickly as possible. and i'm confident we will. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by looking at what congress is actually doing. >> the american people are looking for a real solution. >> reporter: the house spent the day voting down the bill offered by senate democrats, even though the senate hadn't passed it yet. >> there is ab
republican senator jon kyl. >> the country will not default whether or not there are savings in the process remains the question. at the end of the day, there will not be a default. >> dan balz is the national political reporter and the chief for "the washington post," and author of "the take." and beth reinhart is a political correspondent for the "national journal." welcome all of you. let's start with this week, dan. you've been around washington longer than everybody. i'm not just saying that because off grayer beard than i do, but this week of show votes is, we know that nothing is going to come about and any of these votes are going to pass, but why are they necessary? >> because, a, they don't have anything real to do. they feel they have to do something for a lot of the freshman republicans. they want to take these votes to show the people back home that they're doing exactly what they said they would do. but it's a, you know, it's a a charade and i think everybody recognizes that. we talked about, there's not going to be a default. in a sense, there has been a default. there's be
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's for the boehner plan. that candidate is -- jon huntsman. >> before you get into it, listen to what he said on fox. >> we have to get on with this cancer that is -- has taken over this country. we need to cut it out, radiate it and excise it. the cancer has taken over the country. this begins the process. >> pro-boehner, is that what i heard? >> he is. we are told they are rolling the dice today. they still don't know where the votes are going to come from. five to 12 votes still missing even after all the wheeling and dealing yesterday. we are told the main thing that the conservatives want is a guarantee that a balanced budget would have to pass the senate. they asked for stuff like that because the leaders don't have earmarks to give away, anymore. now that guys ask for assignments and campaign help, it's a mess over there. >> mike, chuck todd explained that budget amendment as a poison pill. that's not going to pass, is it? >> no. no, a balanced budget amendment can't pass by itself, let alone everything else that is loaded on to. there was some word that cutting pell grants, need based educat
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